Why Agriculture Biosecurity Is Needed More Than Ever Before
April 15, 2020
4 minute read
Protecting the safety and welfare of livestock has never been a more pressing issue. As the human population deals with the coronavirus outbreak, agricultural leaders are placing renewed attention on their biosecurity protocols. For example, swine producers are ever vigilant about the possibility of African Swine Flu (ASF). To combat the risk, hog operations are increasingly turning to automation to track and monitor animal movements.
The Threat of African Swine Flu
Pig producers are already experts at managing multiple tiers of animal movement. Compared to other markets, such as poultry or cattle, farrow-to-finish operations must document movements between sow farms, weaning nurseries, finish barns, and processing sites. Beyond logistics, tracking animal transfers is critical for disease prevention and response.
The problem with tracking animal movements is that many swine operators rely on spreadsheet methods such as Excel. These workbooks are ineffective for multiple reasons:
They are hard to share between multiple users, such as drivers, loaders, and site supervisors.
Because the file can’t be updated simultaneously across all recipients, the spreadsheet has to be resent whenever there’s a schedule or location change.
Even if an operation has tracking software, it’s generally limited to individual stages rather than linked to the entire operation and isn’t integrated into a single dashboard.
This tracking inefficiency becomes a nightmare scenario in the event of an epidemic. Not only must an operation halt all animal movements, but it becomes responsible for collecting blood samples for testing. How can these biosecurity protocols be put in action swiftly and effectively if you don’t have visibility into every facet of your operations?
Agistics – An Automated Solution
Imagine every step of your swine operations documented with a complete audit trail and real-time information. Everything is accessible from a single dashboard with scheduling abilities that can be pushed to all users. You can also build in your unique biosecurity protocols into the platform so they can be deployed rapidly.
Agistics is designed to keep animals protected from pathogens while streamlining the field-to-table supply chain. This logistics solution includes:
Integrated schedule and communications
Real-time biohazard alerts
Truck wash verification
Benchmarking data and reports
GPS order route data
Agistics is a collaboration between Lean TECHniques and DP Techlink. This product builds on the capabilities of DP’s FeedTrackur, which manages feed orders from the mill to the farm.